UExcel® Credit-by-Examination Program Receives Formal Recognition by American Council on Education (ACE)

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Students can earn credit for calculus, physics, political science, psychology, writing and statistics

Excelsior College and Pearson today announced that the American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) has evaluated and recommended college credit for the UExcel credit-by-examination program, an alliance between these two global leaders in distance learning and education. To receive formal recognition by ACE, the UExcel program had to undergo a rigorous evaluation of test methodologies so students, educators and others can be assured that these exams evaluate a thorough understanding of the subject matter that is worthy of college-level credit.

UExcel examinations provide an opportunity for motivated students to earn college-level credit through independent study. Later in 2009, UExcel exams will be available in calculus, physics, political science, psychology, college-level writing and statistics. Several other subject examinations are in development. These exams will allow any student--including homeschooled and international students--to demonstrate college-level competency and receive transferable college credits.

UExcel examinations were developed by Excelsior College, a leading nonprofit distance education institution since 1971, and Pearson, the world's leading testing company and educational publisher. UExcel exams will be administered at more than 400 of Pearson VUE's secure, computer-based testing centers worldwide.

Colleges and universities interested in recruiting high-performing students can accept UExcel examinations for granting transfer credit, waiving lower-level courses, or fulfilling admission requirements for incoming students.

The UExcel program offer students:

  •     Industry-leading preparation resources from online tutorials to computer-based practice exams
  •     Immediate test results
  •     By request, an official transcript with test results expressed as letter grades from Excelsior College, a regionally accredited institution
  •     Credit for prior learning
  •     Reduced tuition costs and shorter degree-completion time through independent study
  •     Ability to demonstrate readiness for college-level studies
  •     Transferable college credit through examination

Excelsior College (http://www.excelsior.edu) is an accredited, private, nonprofit distance learning institution that focuses on the needs of working adults. Founded in 1971 and located in Albany, N.Y., its primary mission is to increase access to a college degree for adult learners by removing obstacles to their educational goals. Excelsior's unique strengths lie in its acknowledged leadership in the assessment of student knowledge. It provides working adults multiple avenues to degree completion that include its own online courses and college-level proficiency examinations, and the acceptance of credit in transfer from other colleges and universities

Pearson (http://www.pearson.com) is an international media company with world-leading businesses in education, business information and consumer publishing. Pearson businesses include the Financial Times Group, Pearson Education and the Penguin Group. Educating 100 million people worldwide, Pearson is the world's leading educational publisher, providing quality content, assessment tools and educational services. The company's respected education brands include Scott Foresman, Prentice Hall, Addison Wesley, Benjamin Cummings and PEMSolutions. Pearson's commitment to education for all is supported by the global philanthropic initiatives of the Pearson Foundation.

The American Council on Education (http://www.acenet.edu), founded in 1918, is the major coordinating body for all the nation's higher education institutions, representing more than 1,600 college and university presidents, and more than 200 related associations, nationwide. It seeks to provide leadership and a unifying voice on key higher education issues and influence public policy through advocacy, research, and program initiatives.

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